1.30 p.m. Sunday February 23rd
Discussion and debate regarding the
Quebec Charter of Values legislation.
Loyalist College, Training and Development Center
Pioneer Building room P-22
Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville
Quinte Secular Humanist Association
c/o 553 Hinch Road, Newburgh, Ontario, Canada. K0K 2S0
Minister Responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship
875, Grande Allée Est
5e étage, Bureau H5.725
Québec (Quebec) G1R 4Y8
RE: Quebec Charter of Values, January 2014
Cher, Dear M. Drainville:
The Quinte Secular Humanists Association reaffirms its belief in the separation of Church and State and supports the intent of Bill 60. Our Association has agreed the following statement be publicly broadcast as a clear and succinct position on some of the components of your legislation.
“Public bodies must, in the pursuit of their mission, remain neutral in religious matters and reflect the secular nature of the State. Accordingly, obligations are set out for personnel members of public bodies in the exercise of their functions, including a duty to remain neutral and exercise reserve in religious matters by, among other things, complying with the restriction on wearing religious objects that overtly indicate a religious affiliation.
As well, personnel members of a public body must exercise their functions with their face uncovered, and persons to whom they provide services must also have their face uncovered when receiving such services.“
As Secular Humanists our position on citizen rights extends to a neutrality that allows “humans to respect humans” without governmental prejudice.
Our Association further agrees that a letter stating this support should be sent to Bernard Drainville, Quebec Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship with a copy to Humanist Canada and other Provincial Humanist bodies in Canada.
Thank you for launching this “key note conversation” in Quebec and Canada’s evolution to a modern and inclusive society.
Representing the Quinte Secular Humanist Association